This October, Turner Classic Movies—in collaboration with Women in Film Los Angeles—offers a master class on how women have shaped American cinema.

Trailblazing Women: Creators That Made A Difference features 25 influential films—and the women behind them—from the silent era through today. Actress, producer and director Illeana Douglas hosts the month-long event, with a bevy of successful female screenwriters, directors and producers co-hosting.

The series kicks off October 2 with the 1925 silent epic Ben-Hur, written by Bess Meredyth. A different era—and set of “trailblazers”— is examined each Monday through October. Expand your cinematic knowledge by watching classics like Cabaret, Bonnie and Clyde, Hannah and Her Sisters and more. Check out the full schedule here

Now in its third and final year, Trailblazing Women is a partnership between Women in Film Los Angeles and TCM to raise awareness about women’s historical contributions to the movie industry. 

Learn more about Trailblazing Women: Creators That Made A Difference